Jacob the Liar by Jurek Becker

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Cut off from all news of the war along with thousands of fellow prisoners, Jacob Heym accidentally overhears a radio broadcast that reveals the Red Army's advancement and is forced to tell a series of lies in order to explain his knowledge.
 

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Jurek Becker was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1937. A Holocaust survivor, he was one of the very few Jews to remain in Germany after the war. He became an internationally acclaimed novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter and died in 1997. Leila Vennewitz was the distinguished translator of Heinrich B ll and other postwar German writers, including Jurek Becker and Martin Walser. She won numerous awards for her translations. She died in 2007.
 
Published January 1, 1975 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 266 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, History, War, Education & Reference. Fiction

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More typical than hunger and death is the German guard who leaves the slaves cigarettes after a beating, and no Jew informs on Jacob's supposed radio though the whole shtetl knows about it.

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